About Sing Unto God
Music is life changing. And being a part of making music with others—from singing a favorite song at a concert with thousands to chanting together in a small circle—is transformative.
The importance of communal singing and relational prayer is and has always been central to Jewish life. When Jews gather, it is expected that there will be music makers and leaders to provide the sounds and songs that makes those experiences meaningful and memorable.
Sing Unto God (SUG) was created to help engender more of those kinds of experiences. We are committed to creating immersive learning and leading opportunities through ongoing networks, fellowships, and conferences, informed by the needs and input of the community, and built in collaboration with experts in their field. We believe in elevating our colleagues and peers, showcasing new and diverse voices, and in keeping connected to current trends in songleading and worship.
Over the next few months, we're offering:
Teen Songleader Fellowship, a year long songleading training program including on-line learning, a weekend retreat including songleading in religious school, and work in local communities to work on songleading craft.
Shabbat Shira, a collaborative Jewish music retreat which brings together songwriters, songleaders, and worship leaders, to learn new repertoire and share their experiences in building more meaningful singing communities.
Prayer Leader Network, an in development Winter-Spring network of clergy teams looking to explore new ways to think about how we pray in community.
Summer Sparks Camp Songleader Development to support camp songleaders as they prepare for Summer 2023.
Sing Unto God is also the presenting organization for Hava Nashira (Sponsored by Union for Reform Judaism - URJ), the premiere conference for songleaders. Launched in 1992 by Jerry Kaye, Cantor Jeff Klepper, and Debbie Friedman, it is an opportunity for everyone from the beginner to experienced to learn, collaborate, and sing together.
Sing Unto God was founded and is led by Cantor Rosalie Will. Former congregational clergy for 16 years, Rosalie now works as a consultant for clergy and congregations on issues of worship and music, serves as the lead Worship and Music Consultant for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and teaches songleaders of all ages.
Sing Unto God (SUG), a non-profit 501c3, works to elevate the practice of communal singing and meaningful worship. Grounded in the values of progressive Judaism, SUG is for any person, congregation, or community who wants to learn about or experience the transformative power of uniting voices.